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Defence Networks

Defence network equipment - reliable solutions for your project.

FTI designs and manufactures a range of Fibre Optic Communication Network Equipment for UK & Worldwide Defence Markets

The Network Equipment provides high system-availability, resilient communications including self-healing networks, path protection with auto changeover. FTI's Fibre Optic Communication Equipment interconnects various Manufacturers of Military Radars.

A notable example is Alenia-Marconi's Martello S – 743D supplied to the Royal Malasian Air Force. The Primary Radar Trace produced to the World’s Media a few days after the disappearance of Flight MH370 came from Bukit Puteri Radar, reportedly a Martello S – 743D, with a listed range of 270NM. The Alenia-Marconi S - 743D Radars in Malaysia are networked over field deployable Fibre Optic Cable via FTI's equipment.

Let us go back to that wee hours on Saturday, 8th March 2014. MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 0041 hours (Local Time). At 0107 hours, the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) transmitted that all was well with the aircraft. The aircraft soon after arrived at waypoint IGARI, about 78 nautical miles from Redang island, bearing 056 degrees) which is a point in the South China Sea between the Malaysian border with Vietnam.

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At this point, Lumpur Flight Information Region (FIR) would hand over the control aircraft to Vietnam. At 0119 hours, a person believed to be the co-pilot transmitted the final vox transmission, “Alright, good night.” At 0122 hours, the aircraft disappeared from secondary radar coverage without any distress call suggesting its transponder had been switched off by someone on the flight deck. However, it was only at 0240 hours that Malaysia Airlines was notified.

The RMAF Air Defence radars saw the MH370 tracked West Southwest to waypoint VAMPI (68 nautical miles East Northeast of Lhokseumawe, Indonesia), then Northeast to waypoint GIVAL (69 nautical miles South Southwest of Phuket International Airport) before tracking Northwest towards waypoint IGREX (100 nautical miles East Southeast of Car Nicobar airport on India’s Nicobar Islands), the last known position according to the primary radar. Where MH370 went to after this point is unknown at this point, but I believe the Indian Air Force’s Andaman and Nicobar Command’s primary radar there would have caught the MH370 in its scope.

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